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AZ House shoots down bill that cuts income taxes when state has surplus

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 10:40am

The state House shot down a bill Monday that would have automatically cut individual income-tax rates when the state had a surplus.

Republican Rep. Matt Gress voted against the bill, saying it would leave no wiggle room for tax cuts in other areas.  

The measure’s defeat came over objections from GOP Rep. Neal Carter. 

"The money that's sent to it is sent to it in trust to be spent on essential government services for the people. And so once those are fully funded, any monies that is collected above and beyond that amount are effectively over-collected and really belong to the people," Carter said.

In previous debates, Democrats raised concerns about deficits, citing that raising taxes requires approval from two-thirds of the House and Senate and a sign-off from the governor.